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This Wednesday, we will again have our prayer meeting and Bible study at church, 2 Baltimore Ave, Larkspur. If you need directions, pls. call 330-340-9413. We will continue to have the service here on our web page along with the audio.


Hymn

THE CLEANSING WAVE #168



Oh, now I see the cleansing wave!
The fountain deep and wide;
Jesus, my Lord, mighty to save,
Points to His wounded side.

The cleansing stream I see, I see!
I plunge, and, oh, it cleanseth me!
Oh, praise the Lord, it cleanseth me!
It cleanseth me, yes, cleanseth me.

I rise to walk in Heav’n’s own light,
Above the world and sin,
With heart made pure and garments white,
With Christ enthroned within.

The cleansing stream I see, I see!
I plunge, and, oh, it cleanseth me!
Oh, praise the Lord, it cleanseth me!
It cleanseth me, yes, cleanseth me.

Amazing grace! ’tis Heav’n below
To feel the blood applied,
And Jesus, only Jesus know,
My Jesus crucified.

The cleansing stream I see, I see!
I plunge, and, oh, it cleanseth me!
Oh, praise the Lord, it cleanseth me!
It cleanseth me, yes, cleanseth me.

 

Audio Message:

October 28TH, 2020: Pastor Ed


Scripture:

PSALM 51

1{To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.} Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.


MESSAGE: DAVID’S PRAYER OF CONFESSION


This is the great confessional psalm of David. The title of the psalm explains it all - “A psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.” David committed two terrible sins – adultery and murder, and about a year later, Nathan, the prophet, spoke to David about his terrible sins which prompted David’s confession and plea for forgiveness and restoration.

The psalm begins with a plea for pardon. (Psa. 51:1-12, 14) The first of the two sections of this psalm report David’s plea for pardon and forgiveness for his sin. We may think our great sin cannot be pardoned but Scripture says, “Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” (Psa. 86:5) God is more ready to forgive and pardon than we are to confess our sin and seek His pardon.

David begins with asking God for mercy. “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies.” (Psa. 51:1) David begins where we all need to begin regarding our sin and God. David began with God’s mercy. Three things are said about God’s mercy here. God’s mercy is gracious - “according unto thy loving-kindness.” The word “loving-kindness” speaks of grace. It is undeserved favor. God’s mercy is generous - “according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.” Mercy is God not giving us what we deserve. God’s mercy is generous. God’s mercy is gentle - “according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.” Mercy is gentle. The Hebrew word translated “tender mercies” is a word meaning “womb” which in figure speaks of great tenderness and gentleness. David begs God to be generous in His grace and gentle in His dealing with David’s pardon. In the same way, soul salvation is based on this mercy of God.

David continues with his confession. (Psa. 51:1-5, 9, 14) David confessed his deeds of adultery and murder as that which was wrong. He did not whitewash his deed of adultery and murder. He called them names that spoke of their being wrong. Today we have nice names for evil deeds. But David called his awful deeds the right names. David gave eight different but fitting names for his wicked deeds.

The first word is found in verse 1 and 3 and is the word “transgressions.” There is nothing honorable about sin in this word. The meaning involves rebellion, willful disobedience, and premeditated evil. All of these meanings fit David’s great sins of adultery and murder. The second word is found in verse 2 and is the word “iniquity.” Besides the meanings of evil, the meaning of this word speaks of the perverseness of the deed. The third word is found in verses 2 and 3 and is that so familiar word “sin.” This word means to miss the mark or target. It means evil. The idea of habitual evil is also involved in the word’s meaning. The fourth word is found in verse 4 and is the world “sinned.” This word means to miss the way, fail, to be off target, and also involves the idea of seduction which would especially be involved in his adulterous act. The fifth word is found in verse 4 and is the word “evil.” Evil means unethical, immoral, and injurious to others. The sixth word is found in verse 9 and is the word “sins.” this is the same word as the earlier word “sin” but in the plural. The seventh word is found in verse 9 also and is the word “iniquities.” This is also the same as the second word but here it is in the plural as well. And the last word is found in verse 14 and is the word “blood guiltiness.” This word means bloodshed, slaughter, and murder. This word would especially fit his evil of causing Uriah’s death.

Having confessed his sin he asks for cleansing. (Psa. 51:1, 2, 7, 9, 10) Throughout this first section is a call for the cleansing of his sin. Sin defiles, it dirties, and the sinner needs to be cleansed from his sin. David speaks of cleansing by using such phrases and words as “blot out my transgressions” (v. 1), “wash me . . . cleanse me” (v. 2), “purge me . . . wash me” (v. 7), “blot out” (v. 9), and “create in me a clean heart.” (v. 10) Until a sinner sees themselves filthy from sin, they will not ask to be cleansed from sin.


David recognizes who he has ultimately sinned against. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightiest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” (Psa. 51:4) All sin is against God. That is what makes sin so bad. Yes, we may sin against others, but every sin is primarily against God. David had certainly sinned against Bathsheba and Uriah, but his greatest responsibility was to the Lord who had given the law to His people. Godly Jews saw all sins primarily as offenses against the Lord. David acknowledged that fact so that God is justified and clear of injustice in His judgment upon the sin. David is concerned in his seeking pardon that God be honored in it all. True repentance is not only seeking to rid ourselves of the punishment of sin, but it also seeks to honor God.

Though this is not the end of the psalm, it is the spot we are going to end this evening. We’ll end with David asking for restoration of his joy. “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.” (Psa. 51:12) Forgiveness brings joy. Sin takes away joy although it advertises itself as a giver of pleasure. But it neglects to tell us that its pleasure is only for a “season”; then sorrow takes over forever unless one obtains God’s pardon for sin. David’s sinful pleasure was short lived, then came the awful lack of joy in his life, especially his spiritual life.


PRAYER

Our Heavenly Father, thank You so much for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Lord, that though we sin, You are ready to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thank You, Lord, that David, a man after Your own heart, confessed completely his sins and sought Your forgiveness. What a testimony for us. May we do the same. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Prayers / Praises
Please, also continue to pray for Lissa’s son’s mother-in-law, for Barbara’s health, Toby’s treatments.


Missionary Requests:
Billy and Sophie Allardice in France: Thank you pastor Scaglione for your prayers. We are a little under the weather for the moment, maybe a flu or something.
The Avendanos in Guatemala:
Dear pastor Ed, Thanks for writing, we constantly pray for the church services and for your family. Please pray for our Bible instituto. I am sharing a class, spiritual leadership. I am sharing this class through zoom. We have students from Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, California. With thanksgiving. Brother Giovanni Avendano.

Karen: Let’s pray for Karen’s mom, God's comfort for her and for her Aunt Charlene.

Linda Flores: (We are repeating Linda’s prayer from last week): Praise the Lord our sister’s surgery went well. Prayer: Please pray for our sister Eva who had shoulder surgery on Monday.  She won’t be able to use her right arm for quite some time and she is right handed.

Ray/Neva: Ray said Neva is getting weaker. but still eating and sleeping ok,

Joe: Praises: Thankful for Anita's and my health. My dear wife postponing her hip replacement in order to help me with Lydia's estate. Thankful for Lydia's house neighbors who have been very warm and helpful.
Prayer: I may be a good testimony in the handling of Lydia's estate. Painting of our homes upper deck area goes safely.

Anita: Praises: Many thanks to those who knew Lydia and comforted us with cards and calls (even with food, thanks, Laura!)
Prayer: Joe organizing Lydia’s trust, selling of condo, etc… Wisdom for him Prayers of comfort for Miriam (Joe’s other sister) and Abe, her husband. And Joe.

 

Closing Hymn:

AND CAN IT BE #186




And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

’Tis myst’ry all: th’ Immortal dies:
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine.
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.

Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left His Father’s throne above—
So free, so infinite His grace—
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me!

Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’ eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?